Toronto needs to find new revenue sources

In Ontario cities can’t run a deficit. Unlike the provincial and federal governments Toronto simply has to balance our budget every year. While our costs grow due to inflation, salary increases and service improvements, our revenues struggle to keep up. To balance the city’s budget we always start by taking a hard look at what […]

In praise of bike lanes, the future of urban transport

Great news fellow Beachers: after years of neglect from the previous suburban-dominated, car-centric city council, our great city is once again moving progressively into the future – and the Beach is up to bat!  On June 22 and 23 the City of Toronto hosted two drop-in events for residents to learn more about the new […]

Resolving child care issues at Queen’s Park

The last few weeks of the legislative session have been incredibly productive and satisfying. I was honoured to lead the debate on our government’s climate change bill, my Men’s Health Awareness Week bill moved through second reading, and I presented a private member’s bill asking the province to ban waiting list fees by child cares […]

Assisted dying legislation a cause for some concerns

While pursuing my master of laws at Oxford, I wrote my thesis on section 7 of our Charter, with specific reference to assisted dying. On May 2, I had the opportunity to rise in the House of Commons, and debate the government’s legislation on the topic. As I said in the House, “We may have […]

National drug policy must follow the evidence

In February, I represented Canada at a United Nations parliamentary hearing in New York on the global response to the world’s drug problem. It was a timely topic leading into a further UN hearing this month, at which global drug conventions will be debated, and hopefully revisited. I participated in a debate alongside Senator Laura […]

Time to put patients first in Ontario

After a year of cuts to health care, patients and doctors are seeing the system deteriorate. It has been more than a year since the government began cutting funding for physician services, and patients have yet to see any of the improvements to health care as promised by the Ministry of Health. Last January the […]